While Goa remains the undisputed champion of beach destinations in India, many people do not like how crowded it usually is. The result is that they start looking for quieter beach destinations that have the same aesthetic charm sans the tourist crowds. And the destination that fits the bill is none other than the gorgeous Gokarna in Karnataka. A small pilgrimage town, Gokarna has converted into an alluring vacation spot which is every bit as enchanting as Goa but not as commercial. Here are some amazing photos of Gokarna that show why it is perfect for a laidback vacation.

Beautiful beach with rocks and blue sea – Gokarna, Karnataka, India

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Colorful Indian houses on the bank of sacred lake Koti Teertha in Gokarna

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Water reflecting the sky on a rocky sand beach named “Kudle” in Gokarna town

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Empty tourist sea trip boats at Om beach in Gokarna

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Beautiful Om Beach in Gokarna, Karnataka

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Unidentified Hindu pilgrims standing on the bank of the sacred lake in Gokarna

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Beautiful beach with rocks and blue sea at Gokarna

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View from Zostel in Gokarna

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Unknown man walking in main street of Gokarna in the morning

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Panorama of Kotitheertha Temple Pond Tank located at the centre of Gokarna

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Fisherman boats on the Gokarna beach in Karnataka

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The Om Beach Coastline forms the shape of the main symbol of Hinduism – Om

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Woman meditating in Gokarna

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Om beach!

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Beautiful scenic view of Kudla Beach – Gokarna

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So next time, give Goa a break and head to Gokarna instead!